The Canon – The Blogger Camera

CanonThere was a time when all a blogger needed to get started was a laptop, a notepad and a small point and shoot camera. Well those days are long gone and any decent blogger now owns a smart SLR. The one camera that I keep seeing out and about is the Canon. I was at a launch for Bourjois last year and all the bloggers took out their Canons and started snapping away putting my Fuji to shame. Since then I see them everywhere – press days, product launches and blogger events – to the point where I now describe the Canon as the Blogger camera. So why are they so popular? I interviewed three bloggers to find out what exactly is it that makes the Canon so special.

Sascha from Beauty Geek UK has a Canon 400D

Why did you choose the Canon?
Mainly because I’ve always had Canon cameras (although they were all point and shoot) and being someone who doesn’t get on too well with technology, I thought I stood a better chance of being comfortable using a Canon DSLR. I also involved a few of my Facebook friends who know photography and they recommended them too.

What do you love most about the camera?
Oh I love all of it; it makes me really happy! Being a photography novice I think it’s brilliantly set-up so that you can take pretty decent images even if you don’t know what you’re doing, but there’s also plenty of scope to advance yourself technically when you’re ready.

Why do you think that camera is so popular amongst bloggers?
For the above reasons; it’s the sort of camera that will improve anyone’s photography and for me it made a phenomenal difference.

Would you recommend the Canon to other bloggers?
Most definitely yes! Up until recently I had two cameras – one for products and one for swatching – both of which were Canon. The only reason that doesn’t remain the case is because I’ve lost the point and shoot :)

Rebecca-Monique Canon 2

Rebecca-Monique (above) holding her beloved Canon 650D

Rebecca-Monique from Blaque Pearl and has a Canon 650D

Why did you choose the Canon?
I like to present my blog posts in a photo-led manner, so it’s paramount that I use very good quality images. I had toyed with the idea of buying a DSLR for a while, and as my interest in photography (as a hobby) began to grow rapidly, I decided that a simple ‘point-and-click’ camera just wouldn’t suffice. Fortunately for me, I have a few friends and colleagues who are professional photographers, so I was able to seek their advice as to which camera would be suitable, given my experience and intended use. Canon and Nikon were the two brands mentioned the most, but there seemed to be more of a sway towards Canon. After searching on the web and reading customer reviews and recommendations, as well as seeing some impressive sample images, I had my eyes firmly set on the 650D. It was pricy: a brand-new one would set me back at least £500, but I knew it would be a well-cherished investment.

What do you love most about the camera?
I love how user-friendly the camera is, and also like the fact that it isn’t as bulky as some of its predecessors, so I can pop it in my handbag and take snaps whenever I’m out and about. I had previously used Canons, though not owned one, so I was glad that the settings were familiar. The lenses are very quick and easy to change – personally, I interchange between two (depending on the type of shot I want to achieve): the 18-55mm zoom lens, and the 50mm 1.8. The 50mm lens is my favourite because it makes every photo look breathtaking. I like that you have the option of manually or auto-focusing your lens, so you’re completely in control of how you achieve your shot. If you’re fairly new to DSLRs, it’s good to experiment a little with manual settings and observe how they affect photo output, for example aperture and shutter speeds are useful features to get to grips with. If you don’t want to get too fiddly with the settings or aren’t that confident, you can opt for the ‘auto’ option, which does the trick.

Why do you think that camera is so popular amongst bloggers?
I think this camera is so popular amongst bloggers because firstly, it’s reliable. Given that you know how to operate its features, you won’t be disappointed with the output. It also doubles up quite well as a video camera, which is great if you’re a blogger who has ventured into the world of vlogging or YouTube.
The flip screen comes in handy when recording videos or taking images you need to be in because you don’t have to rely on others to capture seemingly awkward or tricky photos for you. The flip screen enables you to make sure you’re positioned correctly in the shot and view exactly what you’re capturing. Additional accessories, such as a remote control or tripod, prove to be very useful because they act as an extra pair of hands.

Would you recommend the Canon to other bloggers?
I would definitely recommend the Canon to other bloggers, but my honest advice to them would be to do their own research to find the camera (make and/or model) that is best suited to their needs and experience. Like I said previously, using a DSLR is not the same as using a point-and-click camera; you have to know what you’re doing. There’s such a wealth of information on the Internet, so much of what you need to know can be self-taught, plus the camera’s manual is pretty straightforward. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with photography jargon too. Personally, I think Canon is a top brand, and this camera is a great investment – definitely worth every penny. Once you’ve mastered how to use it, the next step is to brush up on your technique in order to capture more creative and captivating shots.

Laura

Laura Byrne posing with her treasured Canon 600D

Laura Byrne from Belles Boutique and has a Canon 600D.

Why did you choose the Canon?
I chose to get the 600d purely because of word of mouth recommendations. The 600d seems to be a bloggers favourite and I suppose I kind of just jumped on the bandwagon. I was always impressed with the quality of the photos that they produced and loved that it filmed with good spec, which is something my previous camera didn’t offer.

What do you love most about the camera?
I really love how easy it is to use and love that it has a flip screen, which is perfect for both filming and “selfies” for my blog. I often like to shoot in manual too, and not being an expert at photography, the Canon has made it so easy with the brief descriptions of each setting, for example ISO Speed (Set light sensitivity, ambient brightness), which I have found to be super helpful.

Why do you think that camera is so popular amongst bloggers?
I think the 600d is so popular because it offers such great quality pictures and movies at a reasonable price point to start. I think the flip screen function and use of a remote is a bonus too. I know the 650d has become really popular amongst bloggers too, because it offers auto-focus on filming, although again, I enjoy using manual.

Would you recommend the Cannon to other bloggers?
Absolutely, I’m so pleased with my Canon 600d and am continuously recommending it to others. It’s a great SLR especially if you’re new to photography because as you continue to experiment, there are so many interchangeable lenses available. I’m looking into getting a new Canon compact too now, which I’ve heard are great for vlogging.

So if you are a blogger and in the market for a new camera, well you might want to consider a Canon.

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  2. I have a Canon S100 and every time I shoot in manual mode the image is curved. It looks fine in play back mode on the camera, but once I upload to my computer the image is curved. It just ends up creating more work in Photoshop. Any ideas?

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